The Brothers Bloom Reviews

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June 9, 2010
We feel regularly discombobulated on the sea of this movie's ideas - which is a good thing for people feeling marooned by the general stupidity of this summer's film releases.
June 4, 2010
Sharp, funny and stylish, but still, something doesn't quite fit...
November 12, 2009
This is the kind of "movie movie" that puts everything in quotation marks, letting Johnson indulge his most romantic daydreams.
November 9, 2009
If not for Rachel Weisz, the movie would be too literary, too clever, too pleased with itself. Her character makes it emotional, although she's not the main focus.
May 29, 2009
Watching this movie is like being elbowed in the ribs for two consecutive hours.
May 28, 2009
The Brothers Bloom is to precocious adventure movies what Crank is to action throwdowns; it finds the genre's limit and doubles it.
December 7, 2018
Writer-director Rian Johnson, following up his witty 2005 debut, the high school noir Brick, has a real gift for putting his own modern stamp on time-tested genres.
November 5, 2018
An endlessly intriguing, and frequently beautiful film that will certainly reward (even require) multiple viewings, and inspire endless debate.
August 23, 2018
Pretty, well acted and amusing, if ultimately superficial.
August 22, 2017
I loved The Brothers Bloom from the moment it started, when we are introduced to two orphaned boys in dark brimmed hats who are con merchants in the making.
November 14, 2016
Magical realism, eccentric characters and quality con-men capering mix for a sparkling cinematic concoction in The Brothers Bloom.
January 27, 2016
A quirky film that never quite fully satisfied me.
September 24, 2012
It pulls the perfect con, which Ruffalo's character defines as a con where everyone gets what they want. The audience gets exactly what they want: A wild ride with an ending they won't see coming.
July 30, 2012
The Brothers Bloom is quirky and clever. Set in the present but with a perfectly judged retro feel, it looks fabulous too. Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi almost steals the film with her deadpan presence as Bang Bang, the gang's explosives expert.
August 26, 2011
Brick made for a natural intro to the more complicated, less laboriously arch observations of The Brothers Bloom.
October 7, 2010
September 25, 2010
Rian Johnson injects punchy, off-kilter fantastical charm into his playfully globetrotting film. It's like a cuckoo clock - precise, ornate and screwy-looking. But Bloom and Penelope's love - and resultant rifts - comes off as real-world collateral.
July 6, 2010
Sure, The Brothers Bloom may be the headline act, but it is the sisters eccentric that make the film.
June 16, 2010
The Brothers Bloom is inventive, but its relentless cleverness limits its emotional pull.
June 9, 2010
If Wes Anderson and Terry Gilliam ever had a child, science would be amazed and appalled. But also, it would probably end up making a film like this.
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